Easy DIY Citronella Mason Jar Candles (and a Summer Centerpiece)


It's Summer. That means BBQ's, Flip-flops, the Beach - and mosquitoes. Or "skeeters" as we call them here in Eastern NC. This year, I am combatting them with lots of DIY Citronella Mason Jar Candles. They are so easy to make. I took a few and went the extra step and created a Summertime Patio Table Centerpiece. Take a look!
easy diy citronella mason jar candles and a summer centerpiece, crafts, how to, mason jars, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
I made some of thse last year, and used recycled glass jars - such as spaghetti sauce and olive jars. This year, I decided to use some Mason Jars.
easy diy citronella mason jar candles and a summer centerpiece, crafts, how to, mason jars, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
I wanted the lids to look more like metal, so some simple spray paint was all that was needed to take them from silver to metal.
easy diy citronella mason jar candles and a summer centerpiece, crafts, how to, mason jars, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
A metal hole punch was used to create an entry for the wicks.
easy diy citronella mason jar candles and a summer centerpiece, crafts, how to, mason jars, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
Once filled with citronella oil, the jars were quite beautiful.
easy diy citronella mason jar candles and a summer centerpiece, crafts, how to, mason jars, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
I decided to use a few of the jars and take it one step further. I grabbed this burlap-lined basket from my pantry and lined the inside with plastic. I filled it with soil and planted the outer edge with small ferns and vinca plants.
easy diy citronella mason jar candles and a summer centerpiece, crafts, how to, mason jars, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
And this is what it turned out to look like. A Summertime Patio Table Centerpiece.
easy diy citronella mason jar candles and a summer centerpiece, crafts, how to, mason jars, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
And for those more educated skeeters, I added a little chalkboard sign. :-D
easy diy citronella mason jar candles and a summer centerpiece, crafts, how to, mason jars, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
Not only is this basket functional...
easy diy citronella mason jar candles and a summer centerpiece, crafts, how to, mason jars, outdoor living, repurposing upcycling
It's pretty too when all the candles are lit. Please make sure you stop by my blog to see all the details on how I put these candles and this basket together. (see link below)
The Everyday Home/Barb Garrett

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  • Linda Ellis
    on Dec 28, 2016

    How do u get the oil to become solid like some candles are? This way it won't spill oil.

  • Ashley
    on May 15, 2017

    Where do you buy citronella oil
    • Ashley
      on Jun 15, 2017

      Thank u I live in fla wondering if that oil will work with mosquitos!
  • Wanda Barnes
    on Feb 17, 2019

    This is the cutest idea I've seen for skeeters! Do you have information on where to buy the citronella oil and wicks for candle making? Thank you Wanda

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  • Carol darden
    on Jun 14, 2017

    Great idea. Thanks for sharing. I will be doing this on my deck this summer!
  • Christine
    on Sep 10, 2017

    I love these candels. Summer is over in NJ but we still can use them until the end of fall. I like the smell of citronella.

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